Hikes for tiny boots – VGN recreational activities for families

Your kids are even bigger nature lovers than you are? Then these seven hikes and two bike tours are just right for you. On well-developed and family-friendly tours you will discover the beautiful landscapes around Nuremberg together. The activities include caves, forest adventure trails, children's farms and observation towers. The best thing about our tours: you can reach them all comfortably by bus and train.

On our seven hikes we take you through the varied landscapes around Nuremberg. Explore caves and river valleys in Franconian Switzerland and take a journey back in time to the Middle Ages in ancient castles. Stroll along the Altmühlsee and observe the water birds on the bird island. Just a hop away from Nuremberg is the Fürth city forest with its forest adventure trail and wild boar enclosure. And at Lauf an der Pegnitz you hike together through the wildly romantic gorge of the Bitterbach.

If you prefer to ride a bicycle, you should take a closer look at our two bike tours. One tour takes you from Altdorf over meadows and through forests along the Schwarzach to Feucht. The second bike tour meanders around the wide Lake Rothsee and through the woods around the Roth — both wonderful discovery tours for the whole family.

With only one ticket you can reach all tours with the bus and train lines in the VGN. So you have even more time in your recreational time and are sustainable and climate-friendly outdoors.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    01:31
    3.60 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This family tour in the Nürnberger Land takes you from Vogelhof to the valley of the Bitterbach. Over time, the stream has cut an impressive ravine into the soft sandstone. Especially for children, the hike through the Bitterbach gorge along the many exciting rock formations is a wonderful discovery tour. At the end of the tour you will reach the cozy town of Lauf an der Pegnitz. Not only the quaint old town, but above all the great preserved castle attract. You can also visit the magnificent halls of the former imperial residence on a guided tour.Getting there: The regional train R3 or the S-Bahn S1 takes you from the main station in Nuremberg to Lauf an der Pegnitz. Here you change to the bus line 351, with which you drive to the starting point at the stop "Vogelhof Elsterweg".Departure: After your hike, you will get back to the S1 or the R1 back to Nuremberg at the train station Lauf an der Pegnitz.

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    5.32 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this approximately eight-kilometer-long family hike, you and your children can expect several highlights. If your heart beats faster at Ritterburgen, you should definitely take a look at the castle in Neuhaus right at the beginning of the hike. Although it is currently closed for refurbishment, but alone the sight high above the town is already impressive. Then you walk a bit along the Pegnitz and through the forest uphill to the Petershöhle. The large, branched cave is freely accessible - for an expedition into the interior necessarily bring a flashlight per person. From here you continue on the educational nature trail to the tour destination Velden.Getting there: With the regional train R3 you can easily reach Nuremberg to the starting point Neuhaus an der Pegnitz.Departure: Also in Velden stops the R3, which drives you back home after your tour.

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    18.3 mi
    8.3 mph
    525 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this beautiful bike ride you drive with your children from Allersberg to Roth - but not on the shortest, but on the most beautiful way. Plan a bit more time for this tour, as there is much to discover along the way. Stop at the shore of the Rothsee, visit the adventure farm Auhof, travel to the Middle Ages at the castle Hilpoltstein and learn about the use of water power in the Eisenhammer Eckersmühlen. Especially nice: Except at the local thoroughfares you cycle safely and comfortably away from the road and in the middle of nature.If the whole tour is too long for a day, then you can spend the night in Hilpoltstein and split the tour over two days. Alternatively, drive from there on the R61 back to Nuremberg.Getting there: Take the regional train R9 to Allersberg, because the faster Munich-Nuremberg-Express has only very limited places for bicycles.Departure: From Roth the S-Bahn line S2 brings you without change back to Nuremberg.

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  • Difficult
    01:40
    3.65 mi
    2.2 mph
    275 ft
    500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Even though this tour is only six kilometers long, you can easily spend a whole day on it. Right at the beginning of the romantic castle Rabenstein lures to a detailed journey into the dark Middle Ages. From here it goes downhill into the Ailsbachtal to the Sophienhöhle. The stalactite cave is huge and on a guided tour you can not only admire the stalagmites and stalagtites, but also the skeletons of cave bears that sheltered here in the Stone Age.Opposite you will find the freely accessible Ludwigshöhle with a great view of the castle. On beautiful adventure trails we continue through small caves and rock passages to the destination Oberailsfeld. Here you let yourself be pampered in the brewhouse Held, before you start your journey home.Arrival: From 1st May to 1st November, the R3 will take you to the Neuhaus an der Pegnitz train station on weekends and public holidays. Here you change to the bus 343, with which you go to the start stop "branch Rabenstein".Departure: From Oberailsfeld take bus 343 to Neuhaus and from there take the R3 to Nürnberg.

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  • Difficult
    01:48
    14.4 mi
    8.1 mph
    450 ft
    700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Sandy or gravel surfaces await you on this varied bike tour - perfect for small mountain bikers, but very small cyclists sit best in the child seat with mom or dad. From Altdorf near Nuremberg you cycle to the Schwarzach valley, which will accompany you on your further tour.Alternating it goes through meadows and through small forest pieces until you meet shortly after Schwarzenbruck on the old Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal. Here you can admire an exciting structure: the canal crosses the Schwarzach namely on a bridge - the Brückkanal. Right next to it is also the guest house of the same name, which is perfect for a break. From here you can also make a detour to the exciting Schwarzach Gorge - but only on foot. From the Brückkanal you finally cycle to the destination Feucht.Getting there: With the S2 you drive from Nuremberg to Altdorf, the starting point of your bike tour.Departure: From the destination Feucht you can drive home with the S2 or S3.

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  • Easy
    01:29
    3.28 mi
    2.2 mph
    250 ft
    550 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    As the title suggests: On this tour, both small boat lovers and mountaineers are welcome. From the starting point, it's time for the summiteers to go up to the Kreuzberg and Gernerfels, where you can expect magnificent views over Gößweinstein and the Franconian Switzerland. Passing the impressive castle - which is worth a visit anyway - you will hike down the "Felsensteig" to the Wiesenttal. If you cross the river here and walk upriver for a few minutes, you will come to the kayak rental company "Leinen los" - here the little captains get their money's worth! Otherwise, the tour continues through the tranquil Wiesenttal downstream to the inn Sachsenmühle.How to get there: Either take the regional train R21 to Gräfenberg and change there to bus number 229 to the starting point Gößweinstein "Freibad". Alternatively, take the R3 to Pegnitz or the R22 to Ebermannstadt. From both stations the bus line 389 will also take you to Gäßweinstein.Departure: From the bus stop "Sachsenmühle", the destination of the tour, take the bus 389 to Pegnitz or Ebermannstadt. Here you can change to the train.

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  • Intermediate
    02:15
    4.92 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful hike takes you and your children from Pölling through the hilly Spitalwald to the Gradlhof. Here, the little hikers can visit the animals in the petting zoo and romp on the playground, while the great hikers can enjoy a cup of coffee in peace. From the Gradlhof, it finally goes on forest trails to the tour destination Postbauer-Heng.Arrival: The S3 takes you from Nuremberg or from Neumarkt in the Upper Palatinate directly and without changing to Pölling train station, the starting point of the hike.Departure: From the tour destination, Postbauer-Heng station, the S3 is also back home.

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  • Intermediate
    04:17
    10.4 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour on the Altmühlsee is the perfect hike for little nature lovers. Starting from Streudorf, it goes first over the Altmühlzuleiter and then along a beautiful bike and hiking trail along the shores of the Altmühlsee. Over a wooden bridge, the path then leads you to the bird island, where - as the name suggests - many waterfowl live. From the wooden observation tower you can watch the feathered inhabitants and enjoy the view of the Altmühlsee.Afterwards you walk through Muhr am See and over beautiful meadows and fields to Schnackenweiher. From here you finally walk to the tour destination Gunzenhausen, where you can make a detour to the old town before your journey home.Getting there: From Nuremberg you either take the S4 to Ansbach and change to the R8 to Gunzenhausen or the R6 to Pleinfeld, where you can change to the R62. From Gunzenhausen brings you finally on all weekends and holidays from 1.5. until 1.11. the leisure bus line 689 to the starting point Streudorf. On weekdays there is also the bus 741.Departure: From the Gunzenhausen station, take the R8 to Ansfeld, where you can change to the S4 to Nuremberg. Alternatively, the R62 brings you to Pleinfeld. Here you change to the R6 to Nuremberg.

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  • Easy
    01:29
    3.40 mi
    2.3 mph
    250 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Beautiful distant views, rustic forest trails, grunting boars and educational hiking trails - all this awaits you on this hike in the Fürth Stadtwald. From the railway station "Alte Veste" the tour takes you gently uphill to the lookout tower "Alte Veste". Fled quickly up the stairs and you can enjoy a great panoramic view. On wide forest paths you walk through the Fürth city forest to the wild boar enclosure. The grunting bristle animals are always happy about a small feeding: For example, uncooked pasta, old bread and preferably freshly collected acorns. Only a little later you reach the forest nature trail. From here it is only a few minutes to the tour destination bus stop "Oberfürberg".Getting there: From the main station Fürth the R11 brings you to the start of the tour, the railway station "Alte Veste".Departure: With the bus lines 171 or 178 you can easily return to the main station Fürth.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    67.3 mi
  • Duration
    19:08 h
  • Elevation
    3,400 ft
Hikes for tiny boots – VGN recreational activities for families
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